El Noi de la Mare (The Child of the Mother) is a traditional
Catalan carol that possibly dates back to the 16th century. The
title refers to the Christmas nativity scene. The piece was
popularised outside of Spain by the guitarist Segovia who often
played Miquel Llobet’s beautiful arrangement as an encore.
From South America, Villancico de Navidad (Christmas Carol) was
composed by Paraguayan guitarist Agustín Barrios Mangoré on
December 23, 1943. Barrios dedicated it to the young daughter of one of his entourage for her help in
what was to be the last year of his life.
พรปีใหม่ (New Year Greetings) was a musical greeting from His
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand to his people to usher
in the New Year of 1952. It was written in December 1951 (a
delicate political period following the Silent Coup) when the King
returned to reside in Thailand having spent many of his formative
years in Switzerland. First performed on New Year’s Day 1952, it
remains a popular New Year song among Thai people today.
As with the above two pieces, Chanson d’Hiver (Winter Song) is
also a December composition, but carries a different perspective
on the winter season. As repression and censorship loomed in
Brazil ahead of the 1964 military coup, Baden Powell joined the
exodus of Brazilian composers and musicians who flew to Europe in
search of a more creative atmosphere. For the next 20 years, he
lived abroad, first in Paris, and later Germany. Chanson d’Hiver
was the first piece he wrote on arriving in Paris in December
You can listen in Spatial Audio - the recording was mixed using
Dolby Atmos which gives a height dimension to the sound.